Originally Posted by donkey-punch
factory service mode = fsm dongle required eg e3 card reader psbreak etc etc
Don't suggest entering Factory/Service mode, if you don't know what firmware the console is on. You cannot exit FSM if the PS3 is higher than 3.55.
Originally Posted by snkysnake02
If the lights flash from green > yellow/orangeish color > blinky red light. Thats the YLOD and could be many things. Ie. A internal issue, solder broke on chips causeing them to not connect with motherboard, thermal paste has expired etc.
My guess and money is on that its the thermal paste and solder joints, as Sony has gotten cheaper and cheaper with the stuff, they use non lead based solder wich cracks faster and there paste is just low grade crap, all that so they make you send in your console for repair to them for 160$, and they just replace cheap stuff with cheap stuff it's a endless cycle. If you know how to REBALL (as thats the more permanent fix opposed to a reflow) then do that and replace Sony's cheap a$$ paste with some Arctic silver. If you don't, call some local computer repair stores or electronic repair shops and see if they have the stuff to do so. I called local places to get mine fixed and it cost me only 35$ , instead of shipping it to one of those ylod repair sites for 90-180$
That is all true and may be the problem. But I would not suggest trying that, until you can further diagnose the problem.